I know I already blogged about it, but I’m still drooling and swooning over the Kitchenaid mixer I got this week. In my kitchen, it’s like a symbol of potential. Like, maybe–just maybe–I’ll get this cooking/backing thing down enough to actually enjoy it. Little to no anxiety. No burning. No strange results.
And the power lies in this toy:
I’m looking forward to more adventures.
Yesterday, my much-anticipated stand mixer arrived. I grabbed the DSLR to document the opening of the package. I moved the box and discovered the top was not sealed correctly. Snapped a pic. Opened the box and snapped several pictures. Realized the inside box was too heavy, turned it all sideways, took a pic. Opened the interior box and snapped a pic. Removed the stand mixer and placed it on the stove. Snap. Cleaned off the part of the counter where the mixer would go. Snap. Checked the pic.
The memory card wasn’t in.
From here, we pick up the actual pictures from the adventures of the day.
The open boxes:
The first stop, stove:
This is where it’s going:
Home sweet home:
I think she’ll be good friends with the toaster [oven]. They’re already whispering secrets.
She’s so beautiful. Even The Hunk came in and said, “pretty!” when he saw her.
So, the first thing that came from the mixer was home-made pretzels. Here are those pics; you can find that recipe here.
Pan of pretzels; we only had one cookie sheet, so I had to squeeze them all in. It worked, but hopefully we’ll get more cookie sheets soon.
The best result:
More adventures to come, friends!
Your summer breakin’ friend,
All I want to do is shop. I am constantly researching products and, ha, I even gave my students an assignment which requires them to read product reviews. I can’t stop. I’ve subscribed to Groupon, found coupons online, and am always searching for the best deals.
When my dear friend Jessica visited last week, she mentioned her most treasured kitchen item: the KitchenAid stand mixer. I totally want one, now. And I found them for less than $200 refurbished on KitchenAid’s site.
Love it! Want it! Hope to buy it soon!
Recently, I discovered pesto. I love pesto! I never knew it existed before trying a new restaurant in the area called Piada. Yum-to-the-O!
So, when The Hunk and I were checking out at the grocery store tonight, he pointed out that the woman in front of us had pesto. I basically sprinted through the isles in attempt to find it so we could use it for dinner tonight! I found it in the same area as the swanky pasta. Ya’ know, the expensive noodles that are basically the same as the boxed Kroger brand? :)
And, presto! we had pesto!
Seth grilled the chicken in a panini press. I [made a batch of sweet tea] and prepared the pasta. After the noodles were al dente, I added between two or three tablespoons of pesto sauce, a few swigs of olive oil, and the sliced up chicken from Seth’s part of the job. Seth made some garlic and parmesan toast and we were set.
This was my reaction, this evening, when making chili on this cold, gloomy, winter evening. I’ve made chili before, but the aroma and flavor weren’t quite right. I was a little extra generous in some ingredients this time, which lead to a familiar aroma instead of a knock-off sort of smell.
Also, it helps that Rev. Husband added green peppers and chopped dried red peppers.
Here’s the gallery of tonight’s cooking endeavor:
Here’s my recipe:
- One pound of browned ground beef
- One can tomato sauce
- One can diced tomatoes
- One can chili beans
- Garlic powder to taste
- Onion powder to taste
- Chili powder to taste
- A couple splashes of Worcestershire sauce
- One chopped green onion
- Two chopped dried red pepper
Mix ingredients together into a large pot; heat on medium for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. :)